LTO-Nor Min to run after owners of illegally modified motor vehicles
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, July 13 --Owners of illegally modified motor vehicles will be apprehended.
In a directive, Land Transportation Office (LTO) Northern Mindanao Regional Director Esteban M. Salazar Jr. said illegal modifications may consist of making a change in the body or configuration of the vehicle or motorcycle, or an attachment of an accessory or device that is prohibited under existing land transport and traffic laws, rules and regulations.
Under the present Land Transportation and Traffic Code and Anti-Carnapping Law, changes in the vehicle require a Philippine National Police (PNP) permit and clearance, as well the registration of the change (of body, engine, chassis or color) from the LTO. Stiff fines and penalties are imposed by the law on violators, said Salazar.
The same policy directive is addressed to dealers and motorcycle shops that are unlawfully engaged in making illegal modifications.
Salazar said re-location of brake system done in some motorcycles may endanger the lives of drivers and pedestrians alike.
The law also prohibits the illegal use of horns and signaling devices that emit exceptionally loud or startling noise. Removal or changing of mufflers in motorcycles that cause it to emit loud noises . (ECR/LTO/PIA10)
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